Cigar Reviews and Ratings at Cigar Inspector Your source for cigar reviews and ratings 2017-10-16T18:37:54Z http://www.cigarinspector.com/feed/atom Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Bolivar Corona Junior]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17992 2017-10-16T18:37:54Z 2017-10-16T18:35:57Z Origin : Cuba Format : Minutos Size : 110 x 40 mm (4 1/3" x 40) Hand-Made Price : ~$7.9 eachMore info about purchasing Bolivar cigars... Draw : 5 out of 6 stars Burn : 4 out of 6 stars Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars Strength […]

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Origin : Cuba
Format : Minutos Bolivar
Size : 110 x 40 mm (4 1/3" x 40)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$7.9 each
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Draw : 5 out of 6 stars
Burn : 4 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 5 out of 6 stars

Tasting

The Bolivar Corona Junior Minuto is a modest-mid-price, short-smoke, somewhat heady Cuban, offering unique Bolivar flavours including a kind of 'barbecue' & roasted chestnut, tho at times with some dull spots, so perhaps not the equal of the similar size & price Cuban Ramón Allones Small Club Corona.

This short Bolivar is one of three in the same Minutos vitola in what Habanos describes as its 'full flavour strength' category, along with the Ramón Allones Small Club & the Partagás Shorts. The Bolivar is, however, noticeably milder than the take-no-prisoners Partagás, and perhaps slightly less strong than the Ramón Allones.

Amongst Cubans I have a soft spot for Bolivar, given they uniquely make cigars in two of my favourite sizes, the short corona as here, plus a nowadays-rare hand-rolled medium-long panetela, the Bolivar No 3 (125mm x 34).

Bolivars have a distinctive flavour palette, and amidst the Bolivar expierience is not only a very pleasing roasted chestnut sort of flavour and aroma, but a very striking 'barbecue' kind of meaty flavour that is particularly Bolivar. Those unique flavours are why I can't resist picking up these small-format Bolivars every now & then.

The Bolivar Corona Junior seems to have particularly good construction in the exemplars I've tried over time, without the tight draw so common in small-format Cubans, never needing my cigar-piercing tool. Burn is usually quite nice. The one pictured here had a brief 'canoe' hollow during the burn but nothing serious. The wrapper is often nicely oily, if not always super-pretty.

Smoking experience is sometimes a bit uneven, with flat patches mixed with flavour bursts. At moments a Bolivar can have a beautiful aroma that is just not reflected in the taste. The one here in the photo started out pleasingly nutty, then grew quite flat to the degree I began to think 'What am I smoking here?' The middle third, however, opened with majestic flavour explosions, some of the roasted chestnut along with woody and earthy notes, and the famous 'Bolivar barbecue' was not missing, I almost opened a bag of paprika crisps.

The final third got a bit flat again, where you have the sense of smoking a slightly heady cigar but just not enough flavour to match the strength. This led me to recall my opinion that the also-heady Ramón Allones Small Club is the preferred cigar in this vitola, with its chocolate-like evocations and more consistent flavour interest.

For a slow puffer like myself, the methodically-burning Bolivar Junior short corona is about a 35 minute smoke, maybe around 25 minutes for the average stogie person, or a bit less than 20 minutes for heavier puffers.

One might say a word here about the names of these cigars and vitolas in Spanish & English, which can be confusing due to the singular / plural forms. Is this vitola 'Minutos' or 'Minuto'?

On the Habanos website, they tend to list both cigar names and the vitola category in plural form - 'Coronas', 'Robustos' - whereas in English we would tend to use the singular. The Bolivar cigar in this review is listed by Habanos as the 'Coronas Junior', and the vitola as well is listed as 'Minutos', though if your shop has the machine-made Guantánamera Minutos tubos from Cuba, you might see the tube with 'Minuto' in the singular printed on it.

In English we tend to copy the Cuban plural form when citing the cigars, except in cases like 'corona' or 'robusto' where we already generally use the singular. A less-common Cuban cigar word such as 'Minutos' might more often appear in plural. In short, both forms are ok, hence the apparent confusion.

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Neil <![CDATA[Cigar Review – CAO Brazilia Gol Brazilian Robusto]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17987 2017-10-16T13:30:46Z 2017-10-16T13:29:46Z Origin : Nicaragua Format : Robusto Size : 56x5 Wrapper : Brazil Filler : Nicaragua Binder : Nicaragua Hand-Made Price : ~$6 eachMore info about purchasing CAO Flathead... Draw : 2 out of 6 stars Burn : 6 out of 6 stars Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars Aroma : 4 out of 6 […]

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Origin : Nicaragua
CAO CigarsFormat : Robusto
Size : 56x5
Wrapper : Brazil
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : ~$6 each
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Draw : 2 out of 6 stars
Burn : 6 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars
Strength : 2 out of 6 stars

Tasting
CAO Brazilia 5x56 from a 4-pack sampler. The MX2 from this sampler did not impress, so nothing but higher hopes for the Brazilia. Outside smell is musty earth. Cut end presents cream. Wrapper is dark brown, slightly toothy, tight, invisible seams. Filler is a little lighter than the wrapper. Pack is firm. First tastes - we're off to a good start. It's woody, meaty, tart with a touch of sweetness. Nice flavors. Not quite rich but it's early days into this stick. There is the tiniest bit of spice leftover on the linger and the finish is short. Draw is snug but not troublesome. Burn seems slow but there is a steady amount of smoke coming off the foot. Burnline is decent.

First third down - flavor profile is unchanged. The ash however is changing color. It starts grey but turns brown. Thought it was a trick of the light but no. First ash held to nearly halfway. I would scale the flavor and body at the high end of medium. Some reviewers of earlier vintages reported nut and chocolate notes, but I don't get that. It's still mostly woody with raisiny dried fruit notes, especially in the offsmoke. This is its most redeeming flavor quality but it's good.

Past halfway and it's smoking just fine. An hour in and reaching the final third. Flavor profile is the same, just more cooked. Not really getting any strength, which is a good thing for me. Down to the last inch and there is more ash than cigar, which speaks well for the construction. If anything, the taste has mellowed, no bitterness, not over-charred. The cap is starting to fall apart but that's to be expected this far along It's about to be too hot to hold so kudos for being good to the end. 1.5 hours smoke time

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Andre Dias <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Bespoke Cigars Club Mareva Spalato Limited Edition 2017]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17980 2017-10-07T09:49:54Z 2017-10-07T09:43:37Z Origin : Dominican Rep & Nicaragua Format : Pyramide Size : 50 x 5,5" Hand-Made Price : ~Euro12+ each Limited to 650 boxes, with 15 Cigars in each box. Tasting Location: This review was made indoors in a cigar lounge. Wrapper: Milk chocolate in colour, smooth and oily but with a slight rough texture of […]

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Origin : Dominican Rep & Nicaragua
Format : Pyramide
Size : 50 x 5,5"
Hand-Made
Price : ~Euro12+ each

Limited to 650 boxes, with 15 Cigars in each box.

Tasting

Location: This review was made indoors in a cigar lounge.

Wrapper: Milk chocolate in colour, smooth and oily but with a slight rough texture of the veins.

Construction: Firm even feel.

Cold draw: Hay and gingerbread.

1st third:
Milk chocolate, medium roasted coffee, pencil wood. It's like a sweet mild piece of wood, just resting in the mouth. It's so friendly, innocent and enjoyable.

2nd third:
A slight peppery sting in the middle of the tounge. The flavours keeps steady from previous part.
It's like a wooden straw dipped in a cup of Wiener Melange. Very interesting, so creamy and smooth.

The burn: Burns steady, sharp and the ash is white and firm.

Smoke: Voluminous, light to the touch and cool.

3rd third:
A little sting of the pepper on the lips, but still very enjoyable as before.

Conclusion:
This is one of my absolute favourite smokes of all time. So suave, creamy and perfect. This is ranked highly in my book. Unique flavours, you don't need a coffee to make it any better it's perfect as it is.

Result: In my book this is a 97 point cigar. Because for me this is not found anywhere else. Unique.

/Cigarmaster André

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Neil <![CDATA[Cigar Review – My Father Le Bijou 1922 Torpedo]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17978 2017-10-02T10:33:48Z 2017-10-02T10:29:35Z Origin : Nicaragua Format : Torpedo Size : 6 1/8 x 52 Wrapper : Nicaragua Sun Grown Filler : Nicaragua Binder : Nicaragua Hand-Made Price : $11.5 each Initial aroma and cold draw notes are cream and cocoa. Wrapper is dark brown, Maduro, wrinkled is spots, firm even pack. Filler is medium and dark brown. […]

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Origin : NicaraguaMy Father Cigars
Format : Torpedo
Size : 6 1/8 x 52
Wrapper : Nicaragua Sun Grown
Filler : Nicaragua
Binder : Nicaragua
Hand-Made
Price : $11.5 each

Initial aroma and cold draw notes are cream and cocoa.
Wrapper is dark brown, Maduro, wrinkled is spots, firm even pack. Filler is medium and dark brown.

An inadvertent retrohale on the first puff assaulted my sinuses with pepper. After recovering from that and getting a few draws in, it is as if someone put black pepper in my cup of French Roast coffee and cream. Half inch in and the pepper is relegated to the finish with full-bodied coffee and cream in the foreground.

One inch in and development continues with sweet, tart, and dry components that I best know as raisins. Draw is perfect. Burnline is all but straight. Well into the first third, savory notes of meat, dried tomato, and red pepper are presenting themselves. Smoke output is just right, plenty on the draw with minimal, wasteful off-smoke. First ash held for 2-inches, just in time to remove the model band, which unfortunately claimed some wrapper, exposing a chunk of the lighter shade binder.

At halfway, the flavors have consolidated with nothing fighting for dominance. Pepper is subdued exposing a creamier mouth feel with more coffee in the aftertaste. The wrapper damage didn't affect the burn and the brand band came off cleanly. Strength is starting to show but my smoking pace is a bit anxious. Trying too hard to get action shot review pictures. Looking forward to enjoying one of these at a very relaxed pace, which I will, having bought a box of 23 at a good price of $180.

At the final third, flavor profile has contracted to a more tannic leather with a tinge of red pepper remaining on the tongue. It's still savory with a brightness like fresh tomato. On the flavor/body scale, both are nearly full. This cigar has a lot of presence, both on the draw and all the way in between puffs. Pepper never leaves the picture.

By the end of the last third, charred wood is taking over but a hint of the savory remains. No bitterness. Burn performance has been spot on, no touch-ups and no relights required. Managed 1 hour and 15 minutes at a quick pace. 10:00

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Montecristo Especial No.2]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17969 2017-10-01T09:22:21Z 2017-09-19T11:02:38Z Origin : Cuba Size : 152 mm (6") x 15.08 mm Format : Laguito No 2 - Long Panetela Origin : Cuba Hand-Made Price : ~ € 12,90 / $ 15.40More info about purchasing Montecristo cigars... Draw : 4 out of 6 stars Burn : 3 out of 6 stars Flavour : 2 out of […]

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MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 152 mm (6") x 15.08 mm
Format : Laguito No 2 - Long Panetela
Origin : Cuba
Hand-Made
Price : ~ € 12,90 / $ 15.40
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Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 3 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 2 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 3 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 4 out of 6 stars

Tasting

An uneven cigar from Montecristo in the preferred vitola of some of the 20th century's most legendary stogie smokers, the Montecristo Especial No 2, despite rough edges, nonetheless gives you a long, truly Cuban smoking experience.

Would you like Comandante Fidel's personal favourite cigar at one-third off the price? If so, this is what Habanos itself can provide you. Indeed, this precise vitola here, was the personal favourite cigar type not only of Fidel Castro (1926-2016), but also of Zino Davidoff (1906-1994), and Zino's late partner & successor who orchestrated the post-Cuban Davidoff, Ernst Schneider (1922-2009). Fidel made it clear in interviews that the Cohiba version of this vitola, sold as the 'Coronas Especiales', was his personally preferred stick.

The Montecristo Especial No 2 is the least expensive of the now four in total, Cuban & Davidoff offerings of this vitola from which we can choose. In my local pricing, this Monte is about € 12,90, the Davidoff No 2 at about € 16,90, the Cohiba Coronas Especiales at about € 18,90, and the new dark-wrapper Davidoff 702 Series No 2 at about € 20,90.

Though not so currently fashionable in today's more 'Robusto' cigar era, there is much to be said for the long panetela cigar format, the 'panetela extra' as it was long called. Much like some in an earlier generation, I myself tend to feel the most elegant when handling a longer, slender cigar, though I feel this classic vitola is a bit too lengthy, with the long panetelas most attractive to me at about 120-140mm (4 3/4" to 5 1/2").

The panetela thickness - roughly 30 to 39 ring gauge - has a certain pleasantness in the mouth for some of us, plus the virtue that even a strongish long cigar that is slender, is never really overwhelming. You can combine serious flavour and strength in what yet remains to some degree a lighter smoke. It's also said that new smokers tend to more easily come to love cigars if their first dozen or so sticks are panetelas.

The downside of the panetela, is that the stick can overheat more easily if you puff & 'herf' too strongly, risking some loss of flavour and quality of experience. Another downside is that for hand-made cigars, it is more difficult for the torcedora cigar rollers to get a narrow cigar 'right' in terms of not being too tight or plugged, and this is a particular problem with thinner Cuban cigars, at times needing a saving poke with a cigar-piercing tool.

Tho in ease of draw, this Montecristo Especial No 2 has never been a major problem any time I have had one. The Monte Especial No 2 is, however, a bit of a rougher sibling to its 3 pricier sisters.

In looks this one in particular was not so smooth, with a bit of colour contrast on the pigtail cap. An older cigar at the shop, part of the pigtail fell off while handling it before lighting, tipping me off to how it had uneven storage at some point, showing further in the crumbling ash on the initial part of the cigar.

Pre-draw aroma was mild, but with a beautiful taste on the inhale, old forest with a bit of spice. After lighting there was a taste of walnut along with a burning wood fire, a bit of a harsh side showing itself, then it settled down after a few minutes to being a bit smoother and more nutty.

After the initial couple of centimetres of ash crumbled, the ash then held quite well, to 3cm or so, before falling off. The ash did however turn twisty with some funny big 'ears' at one point. Burn was fairly uneven, and a few touch-ups were required. A funny thing about this very long panetela, is that in early stages it takes much more effort to purge the cigar, which here was needed to stave off some incipient harshness.

The middle section after a good purge, got quite softly flavoured, though with some interesting roasted-chestnut tastes, followed by the flavour almost generally fading away. This stick had gotten a bit too mellow in its long sojourn in the store's humidor room. The final third of my hour with this cigar remained pleasant, though also unremarkable flavour-wise. There was a bit of nuttiness, bits of slight harshness, and moments of flavour just missing.

Toward the end, however, I realised I still had the involuntary smile on my face, the feeling of having smoked a decent Cuban cigar at length, a bit of that uniquely dreamy mental condition one associates with Cubans. I chuckled a bit thinking of another somewhat rough long Cuban panetela, the Por Larrañaga Montecarlos Deliciosos (33 x 159mm), often very crudely assembled but an enjoyable Cuban smoke & a terrific bargain, under € 6 when I've been able to find one.

For a refined cigar in this vitola, one would look to this Monte's sisters, either the Cohiba Coronas Especiales or the Davidoff No 2 ... but for its price the Montecristo Especiales No 2 has its place despite the rough edges and flavour fade. It struck me as a good long cigar to light when you have some big project, a long report to do or some numbers to crunch, and you just need to relax your mind with some Cuban tobacco whilst not worrying about the funny-looking ash ears at the end of your stogie.

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – New Davidoff 702 Series 2000 Corona]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17965 2017-09-18T21:19:03Z 2017-09-18T21:17:08Z Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Coronas Size : 129 mm (5 1/16") x 17.06 mm Ring Gauge : 42 Origin : Dominican Republic Hand-Made Price : ~€ 14.90 / $ 17.70 eachMore info about purchasing Davidoff Nicaragua cigars... Draw : 4 out of 6 stars Burn : 5 out of 6 stars Flavour : […]

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DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Coronas
Size : 129 mm (5 1/16") x 17.06 mm
Ring Gauge : 42
Origin : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~€ 14.90 / $ 17.70 each
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Draw : 4 out of 6 stars
Burn : 5 out of 6 stars
Flavour : 4 out of 6 stars
Aroma : 5 out of 6 stars
strength : 4 out of 6 stars

Tasting
A new cigar from Davidoff, the 702 Series Signature 2000 Corona is a fascinating, richer-flavoured transformation of Davidoff's best-selling cigar, giving some unique experiences of roasted coffee, nuts & cocoa with its unique trio-Cuban-seed 702 Ecuadorian wrapper. Not without flaws - a touch of leatheriness at beginning & end - but a very rewarding Cuban-style smoking experience with flavouring all its own, an exciting, if pricey, alternative from Davidoff.

Amidst Davidoff's revamping of its cigar lines, a bold new range in their core offerings, is via re-making a number of their existing cigars with Davidoff's proprietary 702 wrapper from a hybrid of three Cuban seeds grown in Ecuador. It's said that the wrapper can be 40% of a cigar's flavour, so these are really new cigars.

The 702 wrapper has been used to good acclaim in some previous Davidoff cigars, most notably in their 2009 Selección 702 series. The current 702 line is not a re-issue of the 2009 blend, but rather a re-vamp of 7 existing cigars, 5 from the medium-strong Aniversario Line, and 2 milder sticks from what Davidoff now calls the Signature line, the 2000 Corona (formerly the Mille 2000), Davidoff's best-selling cigar globally, and the Signature No 2 (formerly the Classic No 2). With their dark tobacco wrappers accented by Davidoff's gold-and-white bands, the 702 Series substitutes nicely for Davidoff's now-cancelled Maduro line.

The 702 Series 2000 here, is a bold foray into making Davidoff's much-loved mild subtle Corona, into a stick with a sharper flavour profile as well as the currently-fashionable dark-cigar appearance. Shades of the 2000 can vary a bit, this was one of the darker ones from the box.

Indeed what strikes you immediately about the 702 Corona, is its dark-to-chocolate-black wrapper, quite the opposite of the lovely yellow-golden wrappers one sometimes finds, e.g., on a Davidoff Grand Cru. For someone like myself partial to dark-shade Bahia Brazil cigar wrappers, it was irresistible to pick up this dramatic dark cigar. The wrapper here is not 'perfect', a bit of vein, and a bit more 3-D texture than usual in a Davidoff, plus a little colour at the foot at the factory cut. But it's good-looking nonetheless.

A bit oily to the touch, with just-right texture, the 702 Series 2000 has an inviting aroma. It is catalogued as 1/16th of an inch longer than the 2000, same length as the Cuban Mareva, tho in Davidoff's 43 ring gauge. The stick here was completely precise in length, not a bit short as Cubans tend to be.

The oiliness is apparent upon putting the cigar to the lips and throughout much of the smoke, not unpleasant but a bit different. Pre-draw is mostly appealing, with coffee, cocoa & a bit of spice that I didn't sense so strongly after lighting, along with a bit of leather. Directly after lighting, the first few minutes were a bit of a let-down, as the dominant sense was one of leather which I don't care for, rather like a Cuban Rafael González. But in a few minutes that faded, and the glories of this cigar began.

Most of the end of the 1st third, and the middle part of the cigar, were given to a wonderful sense of roasted coffee, roasted nuts, and some cocoa. At moments the 'roasted' sense was on the verge of being harsh but never quite got there. The middle third was particularly terrific as the cigar settled down, with the roasted - toasted sense continuing, there being some wonderful super bursts of flavour, plus a few of those moments that led me to smile involuntarily, with the thought, 'This is pure Cuban!' - The 702 wrapper clearly is something very special that Davidoff has developed.

At times I did have a sense of the 'hybrid' nature of the cigar, the feeling of an exotic wrapper grafted onto the Dominican tobaccos inside the stick. I wondered what the 702 Series 2000 might taste like after a year or so of humidor time, after the tobaccos had a little more time to mellow & blend.

In the final third of the cigar, the 'roasted' aspect of the flavours faded, leaving more of a basic nuts, coffee & cocoa flavour, but unfortunately alternating along with some return of the leatheriness I had tasted in the first few minutes.

Draw was not the usually super-easy Davidoff draw, but certainly made no problems. Cigar burn was nice and leisurely, if slightly uneven. Ash held well, about 2.5cm - an inch or so, before dropping off, the largely white ash a striking contrast to this dark cigar. Davidoff rates this cigar as having the same mildness as the Signature 2000 on which it is based, but I think the wrapper transforms this into something stronger, more in the medium-strength range.

At the Davidoff shop, the 702 Series 2000 is over 20% higher in price than its sister Signature 2000, and indeed it's not a cheap stick. For me, tho, it's a bit thrilling as it offers some of those Brazil-wrapper-type rich flavours, with a truly Cuban quality of smoke experience, a combination distinctive enough I don't wish to argue the price. The displeasing leather notes at the beginning and tail end, are my bit of complaint here, but I credit Davidoff a good deal for creating a special smoking experience with this great-looking cigar.

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Andre Dias <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Montecristo Linea 1935 Maltes]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17960 2017-09-15T20:06:37Z 2017-09-15T20:05:08Z Origin : Cuba Size : 6" (153) x 53 Brand Strength : Full (line 1935) Box Year : Pre-release Hand-Made Price : NAMore info about purchasing Montecristo cigars... Note from the inspector in his previous review of the same cigar. Clic here to read it. During the previous Festival del Habanos held in March in […]

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MontecristoOrigin : Cuba
Size : 6" (153) x 53
Brand Strength : Full (line 1935)
Box Year : Pre-release
Hand-Made
Price : NA
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Note from the inspector in his previous review of the same cigar. Clic here to read it.
During the previous Festival del Habanos held in March in Havana, few brands were celebrated. The major one was Montecristo. Habanos S.A. released during the Gala dinner, at the end of the week, the Linea 1935 from the Montecristo Marca. This linea, with 3 full bodied cigars, is an addition to the medium to full classic line and the medium open line.

Tasting
I dedicate this review to Luis and I thank you for this wonderful gift and opportunity to try this.
Fidel moves in mysterious ways...
Smoked this outside in 7°C
Wrapper is milk chocolate in colour with somewhat noticeable veins.
First draw, dry cedar wood, rich heavy dark chocolate taste, some sweet earthiness in the background.
Light perfect draw.
Cool and mid voluminous smoke.

Starting on the 2/3 the smoke feels creamier and more voluminous in the mouth.
Burns a bit wonky but let's just blame that im sitting outside in the open.
Now to the final part 3/3, the rich dark chocolate "creamy" covers the roof of the mouth and leaves a espresso like bitterness on the tongue, in my opinion very pleasant.
If I had to put a rating on it I would say 94/100, excellent draw, perfect construction and very enjoyable flavours. Overall an amazing 2h of smoking. Highly recommend it for when it hits market.
/ Cigarmaster André

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Andre Dias <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Davidoff Royal Release Salomones]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17952 2017-09-10T12:39:09Z 2017-09-10T12:37:44Z Origin : Dominican Republic Format : Salomones Size : 8 1/4 Inches X 57 Ring Gauge Origin : Dominican Republic Hand-Made Price : ~$100 eachMore info about purchasing Davidoff Nicaragua cigars... Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide. The brand was first famous for its Cuba cigars until 1991-1992. Then for their […]

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DavidoffOrigin : Dominican Republic
Format : Salomones
Size : 8 1/4 Inches X 57 Ring Gauge
Origin : Dominican Republic
Hand-Made
Price : ~$100 each
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Davidoff is one of the most famous cigar brands worldwide. The brand was first famous for its Cuba cigars until 1991-1992. Then for their Dominican cigars. Davidoff strive to innovate, research and perform. The royal release took 10 years to achieve.

Store bought at Brobergs, Sweden.

Construction
Good but still a little soft construction. Oily, milk chocolate wrapper. Tiny veins.
First taste, toasted bread with a faint taste of coffee with cream. Very smooth.
Cool smooth and voluminous smoke.
(It's as smooth as a baby's butt, if I'm allowed to make that statement 😂).

Tasting
The ash is a little light to the touch and falls of after 3cm. It's really white which is always a good sign.
Starting on the 2nd part and I'm getting an oak taste, very delicious.
It gets a touch of black pepper spicy on the tounge. In a way it's enjoyable since it changes and don't stay the same all the way. The ash is more dark gray now aswell.
3d and final part, what a journey it's been on. Now it has turned back to the toasted bread taste but with a harsher not since it's quite warm.
In my book this would be a 92 points cigar. It's excellent in the variety of taste and since I've been enjoying it for 3 hours now, what more can you expect it's an Davidoff.
/Cigarmaster André

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Andre Dias <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Royal Danish Cigars Queens N1 24 KT Gold & Swarovsky]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17947 2017-09-07T14:23:34Z 2017-09-07T13:29:15Z Origin : Ecuador, Panama and Peru Format : Torpedo Size : 125mm (5") x 52 (20mm) Hand-Made Price : ~$85+ each "The U.S. Virgin Islands used to belong to Denmark and from there came the first tobacco, later tobacco was grown in Denmark. In 1813 the King of Denmark gave authorization to the first cigars […]

Cigar Review – Royal Danish Cigars Queens N1 24 KT Gold & Swarovsky

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Origin : Ecuador, Panama and Peru
Format : Torpedo
Size : 125mm (5") x 52 (20mm)
Hand-Made
Price : ~$85+ each

"The U.S. Virgin Islands used to belong to Denmark and from there came the first tobacco, later tobacco was grown in Denmark. In 1813 the King of Denmark gave authorization to the first cigars to be rolled officially in Copenhagen…… There are five cigars in the Royal Danish Cigar Collection; King of Denmark(TM), VIKINGO(TM), Prince of Denmark(TM), Fat Baron(TM) and Petit Royal(TM)…… King of Denmark(TM) is encrusted with Swarovski crystals and comes in a gold plated humidor tin…"

It's a early morning (more like super late night 4 am) it's 14°C outside, not to cold and not to warm just perfect.
The cigar is firm, has a great construction and tiny smooth veins.
The wrapper, well what you can see of it is lovely dark chocolate brown and covering it there is 24k gold leaf and there is alot of it, it's not all! Like the cherry on top of the whipped cream there are 3 Swarovski Crystals just sitting there.
Now to what it's all about. The taste: it starts of with a dark chocolate earthiness, it has its character but at the same time a sweetness, hope you are following.
It sure burns hasty I think it's because of all the gold.
So the flavours keeps steady, it's not peppery or spicy but it's still a full bodied cigar with a lot of 80% dark chocolate notes, that familiar bitterness you get from chocolate and the earthiness that just fills out the background. In my opinion a very pleasant taste.
The most amazing part is that it doesn't change the taste at the very end since it's already been very warm all the way through.
If I had to put a rating on this I would say 95, it's something else, not only because of the swag gold a crystals but the flavours. It's so nice, definitely a favourite of mine.
/Cigarmaster André

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Beneluxor <![CDATA[Cigar Review – Hoyo de Monterrey, Le Hoyo du Prince]]> http://www.cigarinspector.com/?p=17941 2017-09-03T11:27:11Z 2017-09-03T11:25:55Z Origin : Cuba Format : Almuerzos (petit coronas) Size : 130mm (5 1/8") x 40 (15.87mm) Hand-Made Price : € 7,90 / $ 9.30 eachMore info about purchasing Hoyo de Monterrey cigars... Le Hoyo du Prince is an attractive medium-format Cuban cigar, offering some unique, subtle sensations of honey with spice notes, amidst an often […]

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Origin : CubaHoyo de Monterrey
Format : Almuerzos (petit coronas)
Size : 130mm (5 1/8") x 40 (15.87mm)
Hand-Made
Price : € 7,90 / $ 9.30 each
More info about purchasing Hoyo de Monterrey cigars...

Le Hoyo du Prince is an attractive medium-format Cuban cigar, offering some unique, subtle sensations of honey with spice notes, amidst an often patchy progression when smoking this stick in the 'small corona' category. Officially at 40 ring gauge, the Hoyo du Prince can vary a little towards the thicker side, making it quite similar in vitola to a Cuban Mareva (42 x 129mm) such as the Montecristo No 4.

Hoyos are catalogued as 'light' in flavour strength by Habanos, which means there is a certain amount of subtlety in Hoyo flavours, so that spice notes can seem much more prominent, and that's what one finds here. The 'light' aspect also shows, in that Hoyos are often easy to smoke down to the nub, and in the fact that you tend to be rewarded for a little time restraint between puffs, the subtler aspects being more enjoyed when the cigar is not so heated.

Unlike its sister global hand-made Cuban brands of Herman Upmann, Romeo y Julieta & Partagás, Hoyo doesn't have lower-price offerings (under € 5 in my neighbourhood), but starts its offerings a little higher, at roughly the same initial price point as Cuban global flagship Montecristo, still a bit less than the cheapest Cohibas. The Le Hoyo series tend to be good-looking but not perfect in appearance.

In a pre-draw, the Hoyo du Prince will often tickle your lips with its spice notes, which will be well-experienced in the first third of the cigar. As you settle in to it, very often there is a rather glorious 10 or so minutes where you have lots of light honey flavour, a bit of cedar or other wood, and a range of peppered spice notes. In this phase the Hoyo du Prince can give you that 'Ah, this is an example of what Cuban cigars are all about' feeling. The spices in the Le Hoyo line feel a bit 'Asian' to me as they remind of what one experiences in the Sumatra stogie wrappers from Indonesia, sometimes seen in Europe on the Dutch short-filler cigars.

After that initial third, the honey flavour of the Hoyo du Prince, tends to shift to something more nutty, with a little less spice, and frankly there is often a bit of a dull patch in the middle third. The best thing here is to only puff occasionally, sipping some beverage, until more flavour returns toward the end of the middle phase. At that point, you often get back to a more interesting cigar, a bit different however than in the first third, often with some surprising strength, and flavours of nuts and wood, and some spice tho not so clear as in the initial section.

Because of the variance in the total experience with these cigars, I would hesitate to recommend them generally ... but on the other hand, the 10 or 12 minutes when the cigar is stupendous is memorable, and leads me to pick up a few of the 'Le Hoyo du ...' cigars every now and then.

Hoyo de Monterrey is a name that might be translated as 'King's Hollow', 'hoyo' being a hollow or small valley area, 'monte' being mountain or hilly countryside, and 'rey' meaning king. The brand is quite historic, registered in Cuba in 1865 by founder José Gener (1818-1900), who had began working in Cuban fields as a Spanish immigrant in 1831 when he was only 13.

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